Today I want to show you some of my favorite free time activities Street image photography. I love street image photography because you will start to see things and talk with people that you usually wouldn’t because you are on the way to something. Sometimes it’s just a couple in a ristorante or somebody starts playing piano in front of a water fountain just for fun. What I what to say is we are surrounded by a very versatile and busy environment that is full of little interesting story’s we are just usually too busy to see and enjoy them. So, here I made a guide with my best street photography tips, techniques for you I hope you can work with that.
- Talk to strangers. When you first start taking photos of strange people it can be quite a challenge to do it because it feels somehow weird to talk to strange people at first. So, what can you do about it? A good way to start is to make it a goal to just talk to people whenever you are waiting in a line or need a way description don’t pull out your smartphone just talk to people for at least a minute you will meet a lot of funny, helpful, strange and 99% of the time very polite people. After some time, you will have no problem with talking to strange people it will be perfectly normal for you like it actually is. 😊
- Take photos of street artists. If you still feel not very confident about it start taking photos of street artist. They love it when you take pictures of them sometimes they even start doing crazy stuff just to make you never forget them.
- Should you ask for permission? YES, if it’s not a crowd. sometimes it is already enough to smile at somebody with your camera in your hand, most of the time they will smile back then you know it is ok. When you want a closeup portrait, you should always ask them (remember you are not doing anything wrong). Usually, they will ask you why especially them, then you can tell them about your project you are shooting for or just because they have a very special smile. Just be honest and 99% percent they will happily volunteer for you.
- Take good black and white photos. Of course, it’s up to you what you want to do. Why I do 9 out of 10 times black white street photography or as duplex is because you can eliminate strong distracting colors and lead the eye much easier. Plus, it makes the picture somehow timeless sometimes you don’t know if it was shot yesterday or in the 50’s which I think is pretty cool but then again it’s up to you.
- Give them your best photo. When I have taken a photo of my subject I show it to them while having a little chat with them. When they ask me for a copy I give them my email address and send them my best picture of them. That’s the least you can do.
- Be respectful and smart. If you took a photo of somebody who doesn’t agree with you or a third person that doesn’t agree with you in my case it was a mongrel mob member in New Zealand, don’t start arguing just agree and delete the picture you will make another good photo.
- Be extremely careful with children. ALLWAYS ask the parents when you want to photograph a child make sure you have full permission. You don’t want to bring across the wrong intentions.
All right these where my 7 street photography tips and techniques. Even if the pictures didn’t make you want to try it out, you still should at least ones you will be surprised. 😊 However, if you have any questions or opinions on my post please let me know in the comments I will be more than happy to answer you.